Summer beach essentials can be crucial to a successful summer. This past weekend was a scorcher in Minneapolis, so my roommate, a friend and I headed over to Lake Calhoun to get out of the apartment and in to the water. Unfortunately, as I was packing up for our trek, I realized I was missing a few of the essentials. I had no sunscreen, no beach bag, and no beach towel. I know, pretty pathetic. So I've compiled a list of summer beach essentials so that the same fate doesn't fall upon any of you.